Transparency International has published its latest Corruption Perceptions Index, where Greece has ranked in the 69th overall amongst 175 countries. The index measures the perceived levels of corruption in the public sector of each of the 175 listed countries.
Specifically, Greece was tied with Italy, Brazil, Romania, Bulgaria, Swaziland and Senegal. This is a significant improvement for Greece, which ranked 40th in 2013 and 36th in 2012. The index shows that Denmark, New Zealand and Finland are perceived as the least corrupt country, while Sudan, North Korea and Somalia are perceived as the most corrupt.
The president of the Greek chapter of Transparency International Kostas Bakouris commented that while there has been a gradual improvement in Greece, greater efforts are needed. Mr. Bakouris specifically argued that whistleblowers should receive greater legal protection and favored the creation of a publicly-accessible register for the beneficiaries of companies to curb corruption.